The UFC is returning to London for the second time in 2022 in July and a familiar face will be headlining the show. England’s own Tom Aspinall (12-2) faces the toughest test of his career when he takes on Curtis “Razor” Blaydes (16-3, 1 NC) in the headliner of UFC London 2.
The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. UFC London 2 will take place on July 23rd from The O2 Arena. The rise to the top has been pretty remarkable for Tom Aspinall.
Aspinall made his UFC debut back, in 2020 and he’s been nothing short of dominant since debuting in the octagon. In five fights in the UFC, Aspinall is a perfect 5-0 and he’s finished all five of those opponent.
Only former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has made it out of the first round. With Aspinall, he’s got tremendous boxing, but he also has extremely slick submissions and we saw that in the UFC’s first London card back in March. Aspinall submitted Alexander Volkov in the first round, but he’s got a much tougher task in July.
UFC’s Razor Blaydes
You cannot mention the best heavyweights in the UFC without mentioning the name Curtis Blaydes. Blaydes has been so good since joining the UFC back in 2016 with only two men having bested him inside the octagon.
Blaydes made his UFC debut against Francis Ngannou back in 2016. The current heavyweight champion won that fight and would also win his rematch with Blaydes in 2018. Ngannou won both of those fights by stoppage.
Taking Francis Ngannou out of the picture, Curtis Blaydes is 11-1, 1 NC in his last thirteen octagon appearances. The lone loss came against Derrick Lewis in a fight that he was winning before getting caught with a massive uppercut.
Since that loss, Blaydes has bounced back strong win wins over Chris Daukaus and Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Most impressively was the win against Daukaus at UFC Columbus where Blaydes knocked Daukaus out on the feet in the second round. This is going to be a sensational main event in July.